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Spanish GCSE at Queensbury Academy

Course description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

We use a variety of course books including AQA GCSE Spanish and Listos, which prepare students for GCSE Spanish. Students are taught in sets according to their ability in Spanish. They are assessed regularly in each of the four Attainment Targets: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students benefit from following the AQA course which provides time for students to build and develop their language skills before completing controlled assessments or sitting exams at the end of Year 11

Course content

The topics covered in their prescribed contexts are:LeisureFree time activities Shopping, money, fashion and trends Media Advantages and disadvantages of new technology Holidays Plans, preferences, experiences What to see and getting aroundHome and EnvironmentSpecial occasions celebrated in the home Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like Environment Current problems facing the planet Being environmentally friendly within the home and local areaWork and EducationWhat school/college is like Pressures and problems Current and future jobs Looking for and getting a job Advantages and disadvantages of different jobsLifestyleHealth, Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences Relationships with family and friends Choices and responsibilities Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership Social issues and equality

Entry requirements

Minimum of one year of study at Key Stage 3, ideally completed in Year 9.

Assessment

The Assessment

Examination Board and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)

Listening

20% of the marks. Students can be entered for either Foundation or Higher, but not both.The Higher tier is targeted at grades A* - D The Foundation tier is targeted at grades C - G

Reading

20% of the marks. Students can be entered for either Foundation or Higher, but not both. The Higher tier is targeted at grades A* - D The Foundation tier is targeted at grades C - G

Speaking

30% of the marks. Students complete controlled assessment tasks. These are untiered. Differentation is by outcome.

Writing

30% of the marks. Students complete controlled assessment tasks. These are untiered. Differentiation is by outcome.

 

 

Financial information

None - assuming that student has attended lessons, and met all departmental and course requirements

Future opportunities

Further study in a Spanish related field. Access to the Sixth Form, FE, or Employment

Further information

Britain needs employees with good language skills. In our 21st century global market place the ability to communicate in a foreign language and demonstrate cultural understanding has never been more important. At Queensbury we recognise that language learning is important for our students, enabling them to develop effective communication skills at GCSE level. The ability to use a foreign language is seen as an asset by many companies, as well as for travel and tourism and, of course, working abroad. Moreover, this level of achievement can be a positive advantage when students apply for places in Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Year course

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs J Duell - Head of Modern Foreign Language: French, German & Spanish
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01582601241
    • Email address:
    • duellj@queensburyacademy.com

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